Hiker rescued from The Wave on Utah-Arizona line

KANAB, UT - Kane County authorities rescued a diabetic hiker who fell into the brush at a popular wilderness destination on the Utah-Arizona line known as The Wave.

Search and rescue teams were alerted Saturday after a 62-year-old California man who obtained a hiking permit was reported missing. They searched the dry rugged area on horseback Saturday evening and then spotted him from a helicopter on Sunday.

Search team member James Holland told the Deseret News the man was semi-responsive and suffering from dehydration. He was flown to an area hospital.

The Wave is a picturesque sandstone area in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument halfway between Kanab and Page, Arizona.

Three hikers died of heat-related stress there last summer.

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